"We were not clinical enough"

Maximilian Mittelstädt, Lucas Tousart and Vladimír Darida were self-critical and disappointed after the match against Stuttgart.

Saturday afternoon brought a second consecutive home defeat (17/10/20) as Hertha BSC fell to VfB Stuttgart. Despite plenty of pressure and chances, there were no goals in sight for Hertha. A gritty performance from the visitors saw them score twice to take all three points. “We weren’t clinical enough,” said Maximilian Mittelstädt of the day’s action. “It’s annoying because we needed those three points.” summarises all the reaction to the match at the Olympiastadion.

Maximilian Mittelstädt: We weren’t precise enough in the final third. We got in front of goal pretty often, but we weren't clinical enough.We started the match well, but after conceding we lost our grip a little. We had to search for an equaliser after half-time, but then we conceded the second. That was annoying because we needed those three points. We weren’t able to prepare fully for this match, but we can’t use that as an excuse. We should have put in a better performance regardless. Now, we need to keep our heads up and try to get the points in Leipzig.

Lucas Tousart: It was a difficult match. We weren’t very good in the first half and improved after the break. Yet we still didn’t score, and it’s tough to come back after Stuttgart score their second. I’m disappointed, as we had a good chance to pick up some points in front of our own fans but we couldn’t do it. Now we have to work on our mistakes and prepare well for Leipzig. That will be a tough match, but an important one.

Vladimir DaridaWe are really disappointed becaused we had expected to secure our first win at home. In the first few minutes, I had a good feeling – but then we conceded the first goal. VfB defended cleverly after that, we didn’t have too many clear chances. In the second half we worked really hard, we tried everything, but instead of finding an equaliser we conceded again. This match hurts.

Teams, 17.10.2020